Halloween Happenings: Party at Vicki’s Unique Boutique on Friday evening

NORTH COUNTY – This Halloween promises a lot of fun things to do in the North County, including the return of The Haunted Hayride and the Oroville Downtown Trick or Treat.

This year Halloween begins early with several events taking place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Oct 26 is when Vicki’s Unique Boutique will hold a party open to the public starting at 7 p.m. The store is located in the old Pub Tavern and the Harts, Walt and Vicki, ask that people enter through the back door. The Wilder Band will perform for part of the evening, and although costumes are not required they’re being encouraged. In addition to the music, Madame Zulu will be telling fortunes to raise money for the North Valley Community School.

The OHS Class of 2015 is holding their Halloween Carnival and Haunted Hallway. This is the third year for the event which is held at the Oroville Elementary School Gym and goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sophomores promises lots of fun and prizes.

That same day the Haunted Hayride will take place at Taber’s Taste of Summer, Hwy 97 North from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The folks at Oroville RE/MAX Realty and Taber’s Taste of Summer are promising an even bigger and scarier ride this year, which had to move up to two wagons last year to carry the eager victims on the ride. There’s a creepy cast of volunteers that turn the orchards around Taber’s Fruit Barn into a macabre good time. Local Cub Scouts will be serving hot dogs and people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank. For more information call Cindy DeVon at (509) 476-4444.

Once again the Oroville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the business Trick-or-Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Look for the green Trick or Treat signs at participating storefronts. Trick or Treaters are also asked to stop by the Camaray Hotel lobby to have their picture taken and register, if they like, to be in the chamber’s costume contest. Golden Tickets will be awarded to the following winners: first place, $30 and second place, $20, for the family costumes. One $10 Golden Ticket will be awarded each to one boy and girl in the following age groups: zero to five years, six to 11 years and 12 to 16 years. Golden Tickets will be redeemable at the winners choice of several participating Oroville businesses. Winners will be notified by phone or email.

All businesses wishing to participate in the annual Halloween contest are asked to register with Leah at (509) 476-9000 or Sandy at (509) 476-3684. There will be two awards for businesses, one for best costumes and one for best decorations. Please register by Tuesday Oct. 30.

North Valley Hospital and North Valley Assisted Living are offering Trick or Treating in Tonasket this Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Stop by the hospital between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for treats and the Assisted Living between 5:30 p.m and 7 p.m. for hot drinks and goodies.

There’s a Monster Prom for all ages at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket with a haunted house, games, prizes, treats, stories, pictures and more. Little kids’ events that are not too spooky will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there’s live music until 11 p.m. Admission is a non-perishable food donation to Tonasket’s Food Bank. The Community Cultural Center is located at 411 Western Ave in Tonasket.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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